Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: How would a 29-year-old woman free from social conventions act in modern day New York?
In A Nutshell
The story follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who is adjusting to life in New York City after having been rescued from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women had been held captive for 15 years. Despite how dark this might seem, Kimmy refuses to be treated as a victim and, adopting a positive attitude, she throws herself into the adventure that is living in the big city.
Meet the Characters
Kimmy is the main character of the series. Kimmy is very optimistic and cheerful, always excited and fascinated by everything that’s going on in modern day society. Because of this, she often doesn’t know the meaning of words or how to act. Despite of that, Kimmy also has her fears due to the trauma that she had to go through.
Titus is Kimmy’s gay roommate. He’s a very talented singer who is aiming to have his breakthrough in the world of acting, something that has proven to be very complicated. Titus doesn’t have much money either, so he welcomes Kimmy’s stay. With time, he also becomes a very good friend to her and exactly the person she needed after leaving the bunker.
Jacqueline is Kimmy’s boss. At first, she seems like the stereotypical rich mom that dismisses her child and only thinks about herself. However, she’s not naturally mean, she just doesn’t know any better. She has her own, quite particular backstory, and she and Kimmy might have more in common that it looks like at first.
A Brief History of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The When, Where and How
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The series streamed on Netflix in March 2015. The show has received critical acclaim worldwide for its comedy and original characters. It was also nominated for 7 Emmy Awards, including ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’. Two seasons have been released so far.
Why It’s Awesome
I’ll admit that when I first read the synopsis, I wondered how come they could turn such a dark premise into something comedic. Don’t let that hold you back, though. The setting of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is very original and interesting and, while most of the time it’s comedic-relief, it also has its darker moments. In fact, the comedy of the series comes from Kimmy’s attitude and willingness to forget about what happened and focus on the future. Actually, the comedy is gone as soon as someone asks her about the bunker.
Unbreakable also lets us explore how a woman her age would act if she hadn’t been influenced by modern society. It’s actually a very interesting experiment. Kimmy just doesn’t care. She doesn’t care about her looks, about talking to strangers or doing strange things in public and she certainly doesn’t care about what others think of her. Basically, her sense of shame is that of a kid’s.
Kimmy is not the only interesting character, though. All the characters are original and unique in its own way, and seeing how they contrast when interacting with each other is one of the highlights of the series. This is New York, one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in the world, and still, series based in New York rarely exemplify this as well as Unbreakable.
Even though the thing that stands out the most is the comedy, to me Unbreakable is an inspiring show about dealing with your past and starting anew with a positive attitude.